NORTH: I've put great value in the truth. I came
here to tell it.
So, that was -- that would be a reason not to put
forward this version of the facts?
NORTH: The truth would be a reason not to put forward
that version of the facts, but as I indicated to you a moment ago, I
put great value on the lives of the American hostages. I worked
hard to bring back as many as we could. I put great value in the
possibility that we could --
We'll get back to that --
NORTH: -- have ended the Iran-Iraq War,
Let him finish, counsel.
NORTH: -- and that we had established for the first
time a direct contact with people inside Iran who might be able to
assist us in the strategic reopening, and who were at great risk if
they were exposed. And, so, yes, I put great value in the truth,
and as I said, I came here to tell it. But, I also put great value
on human life, and I put great value on that second, second channel,
who was at risk.